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Lyr ADD: Wedding of McGinnis to His Cross-Eyed Pet

GUEST,Andy at Work 08 Jan 01 - 09:01 AM
GUEST,Ewan McVicar 09 Jan 01 - 01:59 PM
GUEST,weerover 29 Oct 02 - 04:37 PM
MMario 29 Oct 02 - 04:44 PM
Wolfgang 30 Oct 02 - 02:16 AM
GUEST,Ian Murison 29 Sep 11 - 11:26 AM
GUEST,Auldtimer 29 Sep 11 - 12:02 PM
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Subject: The Marriage of the Ginnis
From: GUEST,Andy at Work
Date: 08 Jan 01 - 09:01 AM

Full Title - The Marriage of the Ginnis to his cross eyed pet. By Willie Kemp I heard this song last week in Glasgow on an old 78 record, lyrics completely undecipherable. Can anybody help? Andy


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Marriage of the Ginnis
From: GUEST,Ewan McVicar
Date: 09 Jan 01 - 01:59 PM

The Wedding of M'Ginnis to his Cross-eyed Pet is in Kerr's Cornkisters, still in print and purchasable in Glasgow after all these years, I think. [Certainly its sister publication, Buchan Bothy Ballads is.] Used to cost 3/6p, now £4. Too long to type in, but I could mail you a photocopy if you give a mail address.


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Subject: Lyr Add: WEDDIN' O' MCGINNIS TAE HIS CROSS-EYED...
From: GUEST,weerover
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 04:37 PM

At joe offer's suggestion I checked out "unanswered threads" and found this. I have this on a commercially (but cheaply) produced cassette of Willie Kemp (ACLMC1) but I can't make out a few words. There is a version in the DT as "Sheelicks" but it has great chunks of another song (McGinty's Meal and Ale) in it. The remainder is alike in parts (and the whole in spirit) to Kemp's version, so here it is, heavily edited:

THE WEDDIN' O' MCGINNIS TAE HIS CROSS-EYED PET

Come and listen to my sang and I'h tell ye' o' a waddin',
On the 31st of July in a town cahed Sleepy Steadin;
A' the countryside was there, though they didnae get a biddin
At the weddin' o' McGinnis tae his cross-eyed pet

cho: Tootle-ootle went the flute! Diddle, diddle, went the fiddle,
And the jing-a-ring went up and doon and back and through the middle,
And the jing-a-ring went roond aboot like sheelicks in a riddle
At the weddin' o' McGinnis tae his cross-eyed pet

O, a tailor wi ' a timmer leg, he danced wi' a' was intae't,
In the middle o' a foursome reel, he brak it through and tint it
He gaed hame wi' a barra-shaft and he was quite contented,
At the weddin' o' McGinnis tae his cross-eyed pet

For there were a chiel cam ower the field, he min't ye on a arra'
He come there on a bicycle, was hurled hame on a barra;
And of a' the ball I ever was at, I never was at a marra,
At the weddin' o' McGinnis tae his cross-eyed pet

We had plenty to eat, we had frost-bitten liver
As sure as I'm here, and as sure as I never
And the taste o' the beef nearly gied us a' the feather
At the weddin' o' McGinnis tae his cross-eyed pet

Noo, there was a chiel come ower the field, his name was Butter Scotty
He was made up wi' a plaster and a potty;
He come there wi' a hundred pound, he gaed hame wi' but ae notie
. At the weddin' o' McGinnis tae his cross-eyed pet

Glossary: sheelicks: husked grain
riddle: sieve
ben: in
tint: lost
barra-shaft: handle of a wheelbarrow
chiel: man
min't: reminded
hurled: driven, carried, hauled
marra: equal

From Traveller's Songs, MacColl and Seeger
Collected from Maggie McPhee

Both this and "McGinty's Meal and Ale" were written by George Bruce Thomson of New Deer, Aberdeenshire, and the songs have the same tune - I could probably manage an abc if anyone particularly wants it. Note that in the first verse Kemp sings "July" as "Julie" for scansion.


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Subject: ADD:The Weddin' o' McGinnis tae His Cross-eyed Pet
From: MMario
Date: 29 Oct 02 - 04:44 PM

weerover - the tune is already in the DT if it is the same as 'McGinty's Meal and Ale'


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Marriage of the Ginnis
From: Wolfgang
Date: 30 Oct 02 - 02:16 AM

weerover,

just to tell you that even if you get little public acknowledgement and the original requester has long given up looking for the song, there are a lot of people here that enjoy reading new lyrics. So even if we don't post to say thank you each time, we watch and are grateful.

Wolfgang


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Marriage of the Ginnis
From: GUEST,Ian Murison
Date: 29 Sep 11 - 11:26 AM

The verses I remember went......
We`d lots of fun and frolic tho` we had na a piana
But a fluter wi`a nose for all the earth like a banana
He came there upon a bycycle went home upon a barra
At the wedding....

A Fiddler he came down the toon from reems o` Batter Scotty
wi` a fiddle it was claggit up wi batter glue and potty
The Fiddler he got paralysed the fiddler he got dotty
At the wedding...


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Marriage of the Ginnis
From: GUEST,Auldtimer
Date: 29 Sep 11 - 12:02 PM

I understood "sheelicks" to be potatoes and being riddled to remove the worst of the dirt, so the dancers were bouncing arround in a similar fashion.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Marriage of the Ginnis
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 01:22 PM

This text is from Folk-Song in Buchan: and Folk-Song of the North-East by Gavin Grieg (Hatboro, Pa., Folklore Associates, 1963.). I had to piece this together from several "snippets" so it might not be complete and there could be some errors.

THE WEDDIN' OF MCGINNIS TO HIS CROSS-EYED PET

Pey attention tae my sang, an' I'll tell ye o' a weddin'
On the thirty-first o' July, at the toon o' Sleepy'-steadin';
A' the countryside wis there, for ye didna need a biddin
Tae the mairrage o' M'Ginnis tull his cross-eyed pet.

There wis lots o' fun an' frolic, tho' we hidna a piana
But a fluter wi' a niz for a' the earth like a banana,
An' a piper wi' his chanter in a seek that heeld guana
At the mairrage o' M'Ginnis tull his cross-eyed pet.

Tootle tootle gaed the flute, fiddle fiddle gaed the fiddle
They gaed reelin' oot an' in again, an' up an' doon the middle;
An' they ging-a-ringit roon aboot like sheelicks roon a riddle.
At the mairrage o' M'Ginnis to his cross-eyed pet.

A fiddler he cam' doon the howe, fae Mains o' Butterscotlie,
An' his fiddle it wis cobbit up wi' batter, glue, an' potty;
If the instrument wis paralyst the fiddler he gaed dotty.
At the mairrage o' M'Ginnis tull his cross-eyed pet.

Av, an' syne there wis some singin' fae a cheelie ca'd Macara,
Till he tried them wi' a versie o' a sang they ca' Ta-ra-ra;
He gaed there upon a bicycle, hit hame upon a harra
Fae the mairrage o' M'Ginnis tull his cross-eyed pet.

A tinkler wi' a timmer leg he danc't like ane dementit;
In the middle o' a fowersome reel he brak' it throu' an' tint it,
But they men't it wi' a barra tram, an' he gaed hame contentit
Fae the mairrage o' M'Ginnis to his cross-eyed pet.

Fin M'Ginnis yokit tee tae dance ye never iaw his marra,
'Twid-a' min't ye on a grubber dancin' wi' an iron harra,
Tull he tum'lt ower the sweetie wife an' landit in her barra,
At the mairrage o' M'Ginnis tull his cross-eyed pet.

There wis pottit heid an' herrin' reed, and jeely on the table,
An' a rooth o' tatie bannocks near as heich s the toor o' Babel;
There wis roly-polys roon the sides, an' hens at ilka gable
At the mairrage o' M'Ginnis tull his cross-eyed pet.

Syne some gaed east an some gaed wast, an' tee the door wis yarkit,
For the din wis like the skellin' o' a Faistern Even market ;
But I fell doon an open drain, an' baith my shins wis barkit,
Stytterin' hameworth fae the mairrage o' M'Ginnis tull his cross-eyed pet.


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Subject: RE: Lyr Req: The Marriage of the Ginnis
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 03 Oct 11 - 03:47 PM

WorldCat.org lists these recordings of THE WEDDIN' OF MCGINNIS TO HIS CROSS-EYED PET:

On 78-rpm records:
by Tom Wright and Tom Best (1949)
by Willie Kemp (unknown date)

on LPs:
Joe Gordon Folk Four, "The Gay Gordon" (1960)
Willie Kemp, Tom Wright, and Curly Mackay, "The Cornkisters" (196-)


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